Aristocrats are the higher members of society, such as the nobility and upper class. In human society, aristocrats are rare, usually possessing hereditary titles. In Sangheili culture, aristocrats earn their high status through martial prowess.
In Sangheili culture, aristocrats are those who are skilled enough in the field to utilize an Energy Sword in pristine combat. The title of aristocrat is to be given for personal swords of their own. Once an aristocrat receives his Energy Sword, he is no longer eligible for marriage for ceremonial reasons, but may mate with any female they wish, married or unmarried, in order to pass his "Swordsman" genes down to the next generation and kin. This title applies to all sword-wielders, from Special Operations Sangheili to Sangheili Councilors to even fashionable Elites amid High Charity. It is unknown if Fal 'Chavamee was a rare exception to this policy, or if the rule was instated some time after his death. The only mentioned aristocrat was Soha 'Rolamee. However, as in Rolamee's case, aristocrats are lower in status than even lesser Prophets, such as the Prophet on board the Truth and Reconciliation.
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Originally, the term aristocrat was used to describe the young men of the ruling class in Athens, Greece, who lead their armies with their swords down. It later passed into usage as an alternate word for the "nobility" of the Middle-Ages and is today recognized as the description of a descendant of one of 7,000 families with hereditary titles in Britain and other European countries that still acknowledge hereditary titles such as Knight and Lord. Fleet Admiral Hood can be considered a human aristocrat.